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Wichita Aero Club raises $31,800 for laid-off workers

More than 200 people were in attendance at the inaugural Wichita Aero Club black tie dinner Saturday at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

The evening featured a silent and a live auction to raise money for United Way’s Laid-Off Workers Fund.

There were lots of cool items in the auction.

The biggest money maker was for a flight with Cessna Aircraft chairman and CEO Jack Pelton in a Mustang to Independence for lunch and a tour of Cessna’s plant there. Tom Poberezny, head of the Experimental Aviation Association and the evening’s keynote speaker, was the winning bidder at $5,000. That will be a fun trip.

In all, Saturday’s event raised $31,800.

The money will be a big help. Pat Hanrahan, head of United Way, said that the agency’s One Stop Center had 502 appointments last week.